It’s solely 18 months since Sony launched the full-frame Sony FX3, a compact cinema digital camera primarily based on a lot of the identical tech discovered within the Sony A7S III however with a design higher suited to filmmaking. It’s been a preferred digital camera – and we simply used two of them for our IBC protection in Amsterdam a few weeks in the past – however now there’s a new contender.
Sony has right this moment formally introduced the brand new Sony FX30, which is basically an APS-C (or Tremendous 35mm, for those who favor) model of the FX3. With that smaller sensor additionally comes a barely smaller price ticket, bringing that FX3 price down from round $3,900 to solely $1,798 for the FX30. However is it a like-for-like comparability? Or does the FX30 make a couple of compromises past the sensor dimension?
In Sony’s announcement, they are saying the Sony FX30 is the results of listening to creators wants, and people wants appear to be an APS-C/Tremendous 35mm format cinema digital camera in an FX3 type physique. A shiny new 26.1-megapixel Bottom Illuminated APS-C sensor, to be particular. It shoots 4K UHD at as much as 120 frames per second, presents 10-Bit 4:2:2 AXVC and 16-Bit RAW output with 14+ stops of dynamic vary. That 26.1-megapixels can be the digital camera’s 3:2 stills decision. Cropped all the way down to 16:9 for video, it’s 20.1-megapixels.
The 4K video is created utilizing oversampled 6K video for decrease noise ranges and improved element. Effectively, it’s except you need to shoot 120fps. When taking pictures 4K at 120fps, there’s a 1.6x crop of the APS-C space (which is already a 1.5x crop) leading to a 2.4x crop when in comparison with full-frame. This makes the seize space even smaller than Micro 4 Thirds. You do get the total use of the sensor when taking pictures at as much as 60fps, although.
Just like the FX3, the FX30 contains LUT help (together with customized ones) and also you get all the regular HDR-HLG, S Cinetone and Sony S-Log 3 gamma curves in addition to HEIF, JPG and 14-Bit uncooked stills. It has twin 800/2500 ISO with a vary of 100-32,000, which isn’t fairly as huge because the FX3’s 80-102,400 however continues to be fairly respectable. The quick hybrid AF is out there in all modes, even taking pictures at 120fps. Naturally, it additionally sees in-body picture stabilisation and energetic cooling.
It even contains one thing that the FX3 doesn’t, and that’s Sony’s lately launched focus respiration compensation system, launched with the Sony A7 IV.
With as many similarities between the cameras as there are, you is perhaps questioning why there’s such a large worth distinction between the 2. Effectively apart from the scale of the sensor and the not insignificant crop issue when taking pictures 120fps, a part of the worth is all the way down to the included equipment. The FX30 doesn’t embrace the XLR-H1 deal with that comes provided with the sony FX3. It’s suitable, though it’s obtainable as an optionally available further by itself for which a worth doesn’t seem to have been introduced fairly but. B&H does record a bundle containing each the digital camera and the deal with collectively, although for $2,198. Nonetheless, that’s far lower than the FX3.
With out the deal with, although, you do nonetheless get the standard 3.5mm microphone enter jack in addition to the three.5mm headphone output jack. The multi-interface shoe additionally stays on high of the digital camera, permitting you to make use of it with microphones such because the Sony ECM-B1M on-camera shotgun mic. For storage, you’ve received the now customary twin format twin card slots that are each able to accepting both a UHS-II SD card or a CFexpress Sort A card, as much as two playing cards complete in use concurrently.
So, whereas there are a few slight compromises as in comparison with the FX3, it appears prefer it ought to fulfill the wants of many who need to shoot a digital camera just like the FX3 on a decrease finances. Provided that it’s lower than half the price of the FX3 and also you’re not pressured to pay for an XLR deal with you seemingly don’t anyway, this opens up Sony’s cinema ecosystem to much more potential customers. I can see this one changing into fairly fashionable.
The Sony FX30 is out there to pre-order now for $1,798 and is predicted to begin delivery in late October.